Let’s take a moment to salute failure.
Failure, I salute you. Thank you for all you have done for me.
That’s right, embrace
it. Feel it. Taste it.
Experience it with all your senses.
What has been your biggest
failure thus far in life? What about the
next three biggest failures?
My goal for you, if I may be so bold as to set a goal for you, is to avoid THAT particular failure
again. Maybe even avoid that level of failure. But I hope you fail again. Not as big as your “biggest” failure. But you should certainly have lots of little ones.
Failure is the universe’s way of saying “that probably wasn’t a good idea”, or “maybe it was a good idea with poor execution”. Either way, there’s something to learn from it. With each failure in life, there is a valuable lesson, or a ton of valuable lessons, to
be learned. The bigger the failure, the more to learn. That is how it has played out in my life.
I have had a few doozies. There’s that +$1,000,000 one I’ve written about over and over again; there was this marketing &
community outreach idea I poured a bunch of time and money into that only a few people showed up for; my last counseling website…
I could easily keep going. Each one was a frustrating, disappointing, expensive, and time-consuming failure.
I learned volumes from each one that I only would have read about in a book or on a website. I was able to experience the work, the emotion, and the outcome in a way that reading about it would not have allowed – that is how true learning took place for me.
Failure is not permanent,
as long as you get back up after.
The only permanent failure is not to try again.
Now, you can feel frustrated, angry, and down-right depressed after a failure – and you are
entitled to feel that way for as long as you want; but I am telling you, it is
much better when you get back up, assess your losses, learn your lesson, and move on to success.
(Taken from the pages of The Private Practice Field Guide – read the rest here)